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Why KPN and Proximus will not merge anytime soon

Published 10 Sep 2019 09:23 CET | Benelux

Dominique Leroy's decision to move from CEO of Proximus to heading KPN has raised speculation the two operators could be closer to a merger. We expect that is unlikely to ...

Will Freenet block Sunrise takeover of UPC Switzerland in order to force a Liberty Global bid for Sunrise?

Published 02 Sep 2019 15:43 CET | Switzerland

Sunrise has become embroiled in a battle with its major shareholder Freenet over the proposed acquisition of UPC Switzerland. Freenet thinks the takeover is too expensive, ...

Incumbent seeks CEO. Technology and finance experience recommended

Published 25 Jun 2019 15:07 CET | Netherlands

KPN has been forced to search for a new CEO. Maximo Ibarra, who joined the Dutch operator early last year, is leaving at the end of September for 'personal reasons'. KPN's ...

KPN becomes dependent on cost savings to pay dividend as asset sales come to end, 5G poses risk

Published 27 May 2019 14:42 CET | Netherlands

KPN is facing a challenge. With no growth and a saturated market, the Dutch operator still needs to pay a dividend. Its remaining stake in Telefonica Deutschland has been ...

European telco M&A: are 1&1 Drilisch and Iliad ripe for takeovers?

Published 02 May 2019 13:06 CET | Europe

Telecompaper has compiled its own stock index since early 2018, based on all the European telecom service stocks. Some stocks have disappeared due to takeovers, such as the ...

Success of KPN takeover bid depends on price, infrastructure vision

Published 04 Feb 2019 12:22 CET | Netherlands

Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management is considering a bid for Dutch operator KPN, along with two Dutch pension fund managers, PGGM and APG, according to a report from ...

The 2018 of Amazon, Google and Facebook

Published 31 Dec 2018 15:46 CET | World

The internet services market revolved around three major issues in 2018: fake news, privacy and monopolies. We look here at the developments at the three biggest players: ...

Outlook 2019: on the way to gigabit networks

Published 28 Dec 2018 12:33 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch market is set for a new year with a new composition. VodafoneZiggo is on track with its merger integration, T-Mobile and Tele2 are set to complete their merger, and ...

KPN shifts growth aims to profit over revenues, cost-cutting set to continue 'at least a decade'

Published 30 Nov 2018 13:02 CET | Netherlands

KPN's new strategic plan builds on its plan from 2016. In short, the focus is on cost savings, investing in technology and convergence. This should result in a higher margin ...

The future of Dutch telecoms: Tele2 as an operator or a sub-brand of T-Mobile

Published 21 Nov 2018 16:13 CET | Netherlands

The European Commission can approve or block the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Tele2 Netherlands, but whatever the case, the decision will have big consequences for future ...

Comcast takeover to help Sky expand across Europe

Published 01 Oct 2018 13:46 CET | Europe

Comcast has won the bidding for Sky, after a long takeover battle. Now the question is what the entry of the US's largest cable operator will mean for the European market. ...

EC unconvinced with T-Mobile, Tele2 creation of third FMC player, time for T-Mobile to find mobile market remedies

Published 17 Sep 2018 16:53 CET | Netherlands

The European Commission has decided not to reject outright the T-Mobile and Tele2 Netherlands merger and thrown the ball back in the operators' court to come up with remedies ...

T-Mobile NL headed for merger approval with Tele2, with remedies or guarantees

Published 28 Aug 2018 13:57 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands has made a number of promises regarding its proposed takeover of Tele2 in order to gain approval from regulators. After analysing the context of the ...

Facebook has a hedge but damage control is needed to address problems of privacy, fake news

Published 31 Jul 2018 10:22 CET | World

Facebook's first loss of customers in Europe resulted in a 20 percent drop in its market capitalisation. Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook or will the share price ...

AT&T/Time Warner merger: pros and cons still unclear

Published 18 Jun 2018 11:45 CET | United States

AT&T has won the lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice against its takeover of Time Warner, allowing the US operator to complete the deal without conditions. The ...

Vodafone takeover of Unitymedia unavoidable

Published 17 May 2018 12:38 CET | Europe

Vodafone has agreed to buy Liberty Global's operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. Germany may raise some regulatory issues, but we expect the deal ...

Iliad's dramatic Q1 forces intervention and a refocus on innovation

Published 15 May 2018 15:41 CET | Europe, France

Iliad reported disappointing first-quarter results, with fixed revenues down 1.6 percent. The company points to the weak spots, presumably the result of competitors Altice ...

Europe stuck in the middle as US-China telecom trade war looms

Published 30 Apr 2018 16:52 CET | Europe, World

The threat of a global trade war initiated by the US has spread to the telecom sector. From blocking takeovers, such as Qualcomm by Broadcom, to banning exports to China's ...

Orange Belgium takeover of Voo: 2 duopolies plus a strong challenger

Published 03 Apr 2018 14:21 CET | Belgium

Orange Belgium has confirmed it's ready to take over the cable operator Voo, owned by Nethys and Brutele in respectively Wallonia and Brussels. If it's successful, the ...

KPN closes iBasis chapter - will Proximus follow?

Published 08 Mar 2018 17:36 CET | Belgium, Netherlands, World

KPN has sold its international wholesale unit iBasis for an undisclosed amount. This is something we predicted some years ago, as iBasis adds little to the Dutch company. It ...

Telenet takeover of De Vijver Media may mean more content-distribution mergers coming up

Published 08 Mar 2018 12:32 CET | Belgium, Netherlands

Telenet has agreed to increase its stake in De Vijver Media from 50 to 100 percent, giving it control of the SBS Belgium commercial channels and production house Woestijnvis. ...

US mobile operators race for first with 5G as fixed alternative

Published 02 Mar 2018 12:20 CET | United States

The latest edition of Mobile World Congress shows that 5G is well on the way to becoming a reality, with the first services expected before year-end. While it appears the US ...

T-Mobile's family discount offers new challenge to KPN, VodafoneZiggo

Published 24 Jan 2018 14:33 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands has introduced a new discount offer, called 'Alles Onder 1 Dak' (Everything Under 1 Roof). This is in line with the market trend to focus on the ...

Proximus CEO disappoints with net neutrality stance

Published 04 Jan 2018 13:57 CET | Belgium, World

The US will have to accept a market without net neutrality regulation. One advantage of this: the rest will be able to establish experimentally whether these regulations are ...

T-Mobile suggests it won't shy from using price as weapon to compete on Dutch multi-play market

Published 18 Dec 2017 11:32 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands is buying Tele2 NL in order to create a strong number-three in the Dutch market to go up against the vertically integrated market leaders KPN and ...